Dear Grandpa Bunny,
I’m glad you really think I’m almost there.
I’m just not sure what to do now.
Your Little Bunny
Dear Little Bunny,
I understand. Holy Week is like that. There are many preparations for the celebration of Easter, but there is an awkward feeling too.
We need to remember the sad part of Easter before we can celebrate the happy part.
Jesus says, “Don’t be afraid… I AM with you,” to each of us every day. All the time.
It’s like during Holy Week we now have a chance to say, “I am with you,” to Jesus to comfort Him for a little while.
Even little bunnies can make a difference. Your caring always is important.
Jesus showed us that each moment of anyone’s suffering matters. When I felt sad and mopey during my special Holy Week, my Grandpapa Bunny told me, “Go find someone else who is suffering and when you comfort them, you will comfort Jesus too.”
Perhaps that is something you can try. Is there someone you have met who is in pain or feels sad? Would they feel a little better petting a soft bunny? Would they feel better if you just stayed with them for a while?
I’ll tell you tomorrow about someone who was like Jesus for me.
Love and Hugs, Grandpa Bunny
For the Big Bunnies…
Focus whatever you do with young children on how they can show, not guilt over Jesus dying, but compassion toward Jesus in his suffering. That compassion will fuel their Joy over His Resurrection.
HOLY THURSDAY: Allow them to set a table with you of some sort of a Seder/Passover meal in which each child gets to ask, “Why is this night like no other?” (Answer…Because this night was the night Jesus gave us His heart so we can love Him and live with Him forever.)
GOOD FRIDAY: Let them cover a crucifix with band-aids for all His boo-boos on Good Friday.
HOLY SATURDAY: Have them hold their breath numerous times on Holy Saturday. The day the whole world held its breath wondering if he would rise again. Each time count slowly: one…two…three. For the three days He was in the tomb
Reinforce the connection that the Easter Bunny loves Jesus
with a coloring page download that includes the “Bunny Prayer” of trust and humility
The creator of the Grandpa Bunny Letters is Cathy Gilmore, a native of St. Louis, MO and a married mother ofthree. The Grandpa Bunny Letters are inspired by Cathy’s love for JRR Tolkien’s wonderful, Letter’s From Father Christmas. Experience with the Montessori-based children’s Bible study program,Catechesis of the Good Shepherd gives Cathy a unique approach to writing children’s literature. She is the author of the endearing children’s book Little Lamb Finds Christmas and co-author of the book, Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day, in which a new kind of Easter Bunny shows that “Jesus is the JOY of Easter!” Cathy’s passion is to cultivate each reader’s spiritual imagination through stories that touch the heart with the transforming love of Christ.